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MY iPEG LEG; EXCLUSIVE Ian's hi-tech limb has an iPod, lights and alarm.


DOUBLE amputee Ian Colquhoun has speakers, an iPod, flashing lights and a pedometer fitted to one of his artificial legs.

Former forklift driver Ian, 28, persuaded doctors to 'pimp his prosthesis' - just like the cars in the MTV series 'Pimp My Ride'.

Ian, of Edinburgh, has a burglar alarm fitted to the state-of-the-art limb. He can programme the iPod to make a noise every time his foot hits the ground. Sound effects range from explosions to splashes when he steps in a puddle.

He said: "I'm over the Moon with my pimped-up leg. I never dreamed it would be this good.

"I feel I'm the human version of Inspector Gadget. The flashing lights are my favourite feature but I also like watching people's faces when I've set it to make explosion noises each time I take a step."

Ian replied to an advert for Channel 4 Science programme Men in White - hosted by Jem Stansfield, Dr Adam Rutherford, and Dr Basil Singer.

He said: "I emailed them asking if they fancied jazzing up my leg and I got an immediate reply."

Ian lost his limbs in December 2002 after robbers broke into a house in Ireland where he was at a party.

They beat him, torched the living room and left him for dead.

While he was unconscious in a hospital bed, Ian caught a rare strain of the MRSA superbug.

The infection meant he had to wait 16 months for his artificial legs to be fitted.

Ian went to London in February to get his bionic leg. Genetics guru Dr Rutherford, robotics expert Dr Singer and inventor Stansfield spent 12 hours creating the pounds 500 gizmo.

Dr Singer said: "We felt Ian had given us a great challenge and we had fun thinking about all the technology we could include." Ian said: "If jazzing up my leg gives just one young amputee a giggle, I will be very happy."

Ian, who is writing an autobiography, has given lectures to medical students at Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University.

He has also been asked to join Amputees In Action, a company which supplies extras for movies.



Amazing: Thrilled Ian flashes his bionic extension last week Picture: DAVID McNIE' The works: Ian's souped-up leg and its built-in gimmicks' Team boys: Jem, Adam and Basil
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Oct 8, 2006
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